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The Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 2009-04-25


Topics Tony Suraci


The Dead
Madison Square Garden
New York, New York
April 25, 2009
7:30 PM

Source: JW Mod Akg469's>Lunatec V2>Sound Devices 722@24/48
Location: OTS, Stand at 12 feet
Transfer: SD722>Adobe Aud.>16/44>cdwav>flac16
Taped, transfered and uploaded by Tony Suraci

Disc One/Set One:
Intro
Cosmic Charlie
China Cat
Shakedown Street
Ship of Fools
He's Gone
Cassidy

Disc Two/Set Two:
Sugaree
- end of set one
Drums/Space
Crypitical Envelopment
The Other One
Born Cross Eyed
St Stephen
The Eleven

Disc Three/Set Two Cont:
Uncle John's Band
Unbroken Chain
Gimme Shelter
One More Saturday Night
Donor Rap
E: Brokedown Palace

The Band:
Phil Lesh
Bob Weir
Bill Kruetzman
Mickey Hart
Warren Haynes
Jeff Chimenti


Collection TheDead
Band/Artist The Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location New York, NY

Source Jw Mod AKG 469's>V2>SD722
Lineage 722>AA 3.0>16/44>cdwav>flac16
Taped by Tony Suraci
Transferred by Tony Suraci

Notes

Disc 2 runs over 80 minutes. Please move the 11 to disc 3. Sorry but I don't burn 16 bit cd's anymore and I did not pick up on this. First mistake of this type in 100's of uploads. 24 bit will be up soon.

Reviews

Reviewer: Ken Lee NYC - - December 19, 2009
Subject: Taping for eternity...
So great to hear music from places we couldn't go.
Glad to hear the our taper descendants are still carrying the torch,(and mikes, media, batteries).
When Judy and I realized how much MAGIC was going down every night, only to evaporate as our ears stopped ringing, we made the decision to record these otherworldly experiences as best we could.
So we began at the end of the 60s and caught what we could for posterity, never dreaming of the web and all the people that would end up listening to our work for, well, forever, I hope. As long as we don't totally screw up the planet.
We're still out there, going to shows and keeping the light glowing. "Unable to walk, I will crawl, crawl, crawl..." Well, with a broken back, I'm not shaking my bones the way I could, but I'm still smiling.

This is the show we missed. Couldn't get tix, wound up going to the mainland to catch the band at the Meadowlands, that's another story.

What you should do is go to the site, start the music and read the reviews (FROM THE BOTTOM UP!). Listen on headphones, if you can't send the audio signal into some real speakers and amps (and if you can't do that, you should rethink your options) as the boys do it one more time. Hear 20,000 people singing every word of every song, respectfully and joyfully.
He's gone is sad and joyful at the same time...
Damn shows been giving me goosebumps over and over. It's nice to know these transcendent experiences are still going on. Anyone who's seen the band will know what I mean. If ya haven't, you can still listen to the echoes on sites like these. As the listener wrote:

"wow i just had a magic moment...first set is astounding...cant even speak about it...but the real magic is in the second set!!! HOLY HEADS!!! unbelievable....amazing....absolute....

so this is what the message in 97% of our non-code making DNA is saying...."LISTEN TO THE DEAD"

truly flabbergasting"

Really hope the magic touches you, too. Oh yeah, and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Years to you and yours.
I don't know if it's my ears or the show, I'm into my 7th decade and the guitars maybe could be a little brighter. They're not making my ears bleed as much as they used to.
Reviewer: Bear26 - - July 7, 2009
Subject: Rock my soul
I love it. East coast vs. west coast. Comparing setlists. Who sang what JERRY tune. Blah blah blah. I dont care what show sounds the best from the tapers (thank you tapers!).If you were not in MSG that night, you just wouldnt understand. Beyond description...God bless the boys, past and present.
Reviewer: cosmiccharlie09 - - June 29, 2009
Subject: New ones come as the old ones go
Being 16 years old. Lets just say im no experienced dead fan. But i know my songs, i know the band members. I know Bob...well does his own thing. I know Phil is the nicest fellow i kid could ever meet back stage at bonaroo 2008. (kanye west???) And i know Jerry can and will never be replaced. The only way some one like me could Hear dead music with some people closer to his age is DSO. Ive known everything Warren has done since ive been alive. None the less with my experience, I was lucky enough to get to this show, and at izod two days after. But i dont care if its your first time hearing grateful dead music, or if your 100 years in. GOD DAMN THIS SHOW WAS AMAZING. I knew everything, from cosmic charlie, to sweet old cassidy. And i know when brokedown palace is played, its a real special night. All the hype i heard about the grateful dead and the garden...Well hot damn do they bring the house down. When shakedown street came on, you would have thought the worlds most famous arena had seen its last hours. The place went absolutely through the roof. Drums&space. Wow could it get any better? To st. stephen. THE ELEVEN!!! Blew me away. Id heard about the magic, but to experience it...Blew me away.
Reviewer: tony_s - - May 22, 2009
Subject: still lovin this show
:)
Reviewer: TRPN STN - - May 6, 2009
Subject: SO MUCH FUN
I was at this show and MSG and the boys were rockin. They sounded great, the crowd was fantastic and a super fun set list. Keep it comming and hopefully do a full summer tour in 2010!
Reviewer: sms01262 - - May 6, 2009
Subject: Warren
Just call this the Warren Hayes Show. The rest of the band seems to fall to the wayside. By far the most intriguing show so far.
Reviewer: ste4ve - - May 4, 2009
Subject: a great show
And I was there. I've also been blogging the tour since Greensboro; check it out here: www.trixter-fox.livejournal.com.
Cheers.
Reviewer: oatwillie - - May 2, 2009
Subject: Jerry smiles down on these guys
First, thanks to the Dead-icated tapers who are making it possible for the rest of us to hear these shows.

I've now listened to a handful, and I gotta say....they're doing Jerry proud. He's got a huge smile on his face as he looks down on them while smoking that big heavenly reefer.
Reviewer: ststephen49 - - May 2, 2009
Subject: Still goin' on...
It’s so much fun to watch this tour, the blossoming of a whole new generation of Dead fans, they seem to be having so much fun. It’s as if the young folks have found stones from the Lost Continent of Atlantis, finally seeing proof of the great mythic beast only heard of in song & story. Reading these reviews is so energizing to me for the level of magic being felt by these new heads to the scene. It is a rebirth, Phoenix from the ashes, new witnesses to the new age…They heard, they danced, and they were transformed; joining the lineage that stretches back to the beginning of recorded time… And the myth continues to grow.
I can’t wait to jump into the flow at the Chicago shows, looking forward to Shakedown all these years later for a current snapshot of the community, and am so enjoying all the shows I’ve heard. My first show was 7-8-70 and from what I’m hearing now the music is helping to create an atmosphere that seems both familiar and strange at the same time, an atmosphere most of us are looking for, and I feel it makes for truly enjoyable listening and dancing pleasure. Bobby & Mickey once referred to their music as finding “lost art”, something they worked towards and then hit upon “for seconds at a time”. I truly hope those of us looking for that something special can find it here, I know I can, cause the circus won’t be in town forever. So for those who need encouragement to live & listen in the 21st century please look for the goodness, because once in a while you get shown the light…
Reviewer: Here & Now - - May 2, 2009
Subject: Jeff C and Warren H are a great addition to the core four!
Warren rocks! He's had a lot of shoe to fill and he's done an exceptional job at it. Breaking out the wha pedal, and all those lead vocals to sing.
Also most people dont say much about Jeff C. on the keys. He is a workhorse playing countless notes with respect to Brent M.
In fact most peoplr dont know, but his birthday is the same as Brents and He is also using Brents B-3 organ on this tour. These guys both rock.
Thanks to The Dead for touring this spring.
We love you all. Fan since the 70's - 1st show philly spectrum 1981....
Reviewer: pequastogy - - May 2, 2009
Subject: The Garden shook like it should have.
Called Shakedown/China Cat...almost had it. Highlights were he's Gone with the crowd singing it all. Sugaree was epic with Chimenti's solo...I thought the roof was going to come down. Bobby and Phil were just looking at him shaking their heads and letting him go. Phil was dancing by himself all night with a shit eating grin on his face. After Gimme Shelter, which was awesome, he tried to come out and deliver the Donor Rap...the crowd was in such a frenzy, he was just standing there with his hands up and no one let up for about 3-4 minutes. It was worth the price of admission. St Stephen was awesome. Brokedown needed a meatier vocal. All in all...excellent show. There is no place like home. (the garden)
Reviewer: UKDEADHEADKUWAIT - - May 2, 2009
Subject: GREAT SETLIST AND HILARIOUS BD PALACE
Weir should start recording with Lee Marvin
They were both shite singers and a hilarious christmas album of crap cover versions would be worth a laugh.
Reviewer: MR JROCK - - May 2, 2009
Subject: ughh Bobby
HEY WEIR...1-2-3 TAKE A STEP BACK
stick to your Barlow stuff and your Hunter material until you can learn to sing again. itd be nice to hear you harmonize w warren and phil instead of your bs phrasing. and have a little fun up there for a change. take a cue from Lesh, who looks like he actually enjoys being up there playing for us...
more bass lesh philling
Reviewer: S Gamache..N.H. : ) - - May 2, 2009
Subject: Still fun after all these years
This show was more than I hoped for. I was very pleased to see them belt out a second set like this. Went to Fri Sat and Sun and have to say this night was the bomb. Fantastic show ..It was cool to visit these venues that I have not been to in at least 15 years. Still fun, still crazy still lovin it.....PEACE
Reviewer: HALFADAY RAY - - May 2, 2009
Subject: hey now,,, with a smile
hello, thank,s for going to the show,s an enjoying them wish i can,, but i just cant you know old age it get,s hard to run around like i did in the old day,s lol,, so you must remember how thy must feel been running around this grate whide world keep it happy,, so y , do thy do this any way ,, you thing it,s the sound, the crowed,, i think it,s all for the fun,, i dont care how thy sound long as it,s still fun,, so peace to all of you an enjoy iy now,,, warm hug,s,,
Reviewer: chip_christian - - May 1, 2009
Subject: Best of the tour so far
Great sound, great setlist, fantastic playing. Hints of '69.
Reviewer: kaotics - - May 1, 2009
Subject: This show is an exception...but!
At the risk of sounding negative, most of the '09 shows have had highlights but lack that explosive energy that this old dog desires. The more I listen to the shows on archive (granted, most are bad quality aud’s) the more I feel like I wish they would’ve limited their play-lists and concentrated more on blowing out what songs they chose. I keep hearing them totally stumble through songs which doesn't lend itself to much substance, especially considering their musical capabilities. Just a thought, but maybe even a couple less songs would bring higher energy and tighter playing. No one needs to hear Bobby sing "Days Between". Not trying to “player hate” as the kids used to say. Hopefully the live experience I'll catch in Chicago will be more exciting. Funny thing I noticed, everyone keeps talking (excitedly) about the great setlists but no one is as enthused about the actual playing. Again, this show being an exception, but how come EVERYONE gives no less than 4 stars. ha ha
Reviewer: TheOtherJuan - - May 1, 2009
Subject: Who Are These Guys?
I've been as critical of the post-Jerry projects as anyone. Listening to shows in circulation have mostly left me reaching for a nice hot Dick's Picks to cure the resulting disappointment. I've only caught one Ratdog show, and well, it was more of a chilly Dog than a hot Dog. (I hate cold hot dogs.) Phil & Friends shows passed to me by friends also did nothing for me.

But now comes this. I have to say honestly, who are these guys?!? They sound like they practiced, they play like they care, and while Phil's voice, as they say, is what it is, his bass playing is especially sweet, solid, inventive, and definitely not old and tired. That $10,000 blue light special hootchie-koo bass he's playing must have inspired him to throw down lately. The Internet Archive is an amazing thing, BTW. Thanks to the efforts of tapers, in particular Tony Suraci who captured this gem in sparkling aud quality, I can hear what I'm missing and dance like back in the day. Full disclosure: I listened to some of the Wilkes-Barre show and it's not nearly so impressive both in setlist and energy level. This New York show is the work of a band with something to prove, and it's a thing of American beauty.
Reviewer: Philip Whelan - - May 1, 2009
Subject: Great show
Great recording of a great show . Thanks to the recorder!
Reviewer: Packy - - May 1, 2009
Subject: Yes!
This is a great recording - coming from someone who generally can't stand AUD recordings. The acoustical properties of MSG are proven here! Great energy, monster set list, what more could you ask for...
Reviewer: The Trout Whisperer - - April 30, 2009
Subject: Mr. James T. Kirk On Vocals
Only downside I hear?

Bobby is in full-blown William Shattner mode during Brokedown Palace. Warren's portion is great, but it would be nice if Bobby would just sing it, and no go all Ratdoggish on it.

I guess no one feels like telling him that he is not the star of a Priceline.com commercial.

Otherwise it's a beauty of a show...
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - April 30, 2009
Subject: The 300 section was shaking hard during shakedown
It was as if a train was rolling through there, I have never seen the Garden go off like that for ANY SHOW let alone my beloved dead.

I had been to Albany and Wilkes-Barre and loved one and hated the other but SOMETHING DREW ME TO THIS SHOW I cant explain it, like Richard Dreyfus in Close Encounters, I had to be there. Here are just a few observations:

* Ntg better than being a subway ride away from a really hot show. It took me 20 mins to get there, and got a cab on the way out no problem.

* The day was by far the nicest of 2009 so far, beautiful in high 80's with everyone in the bars packed to the gills, most of which were playing the dead on stereos. I have to hand it to these guys they know how to throw out a welcome mat.

* I did not see any tickets at all (1 scalper) - They could have put another 15,000 people in there easily. No one was dancing in the halls as they did not want to miss the music.

* This was not just ANY show, it was one of the best I have seen by anyone, having seen close to 100 shows. The place was crackling like huge jumper cables and was as rowdy as a dropkick murphys show.

* I have never heard a crowd that loud sing EVERY SONG. You can hear it, when you sit close to the stage you cannot hear it as I would discover. These guys came to play and everyone knew it. Absolutely exceptional work.

* Oddly enough the cops and security were pretty tough here and I live in NYC they are usually pretty chill. I guess no one was expecting the area between 7th and 8th 31st to 34th to be just swarming with every stoner and his brother looking to cop something.

* The next day the phone was ringing with 'what the f did we just see?' people were absolutely slack-jawed at the awesome intensity of this whopper. Seriously this was the real deal.

* We all kept waiting for a second set let down song, Corinna or something to throw the wrench in the works but 'twas not to be. They kept slamming that crowd with a succession of monsters from cryptical on.

* Start Set II with drums space? Absolutely inspired and they should do this every show verry eerie Cryptical>Smoking other one.

What else can I say enjoy this, tks to the kind tapers and believe everything you read. I am writing this with some perspective after both Izod shows both of which were monsters as well.
Reviewer: crazygoat1967 - - April 30, 2009
Subject: dead night KPFA KFCF
I caught quite a bit of this on DEAD TO THE WORLD and it rocked ! It had the energy that Phil w/guest Bobby sparked opening night of the Warfield Closings last year. That connection sent me off to Ratdog shows and now to Shoreline. I can't freakin' wait. Check out the He's Gone and St. Stephen.
Reviewer: FuzzyOne - - April 29, 2009
Subject: Don't know bout you guys...but I had a blast!!!
First and foremost...the sound on this recording is amazing...who would want a board of this show when you can get something as crisp and as intimate as this! Props to the taper for a stellar sounding show!!!

Second...the weather was phenomenal out...the vibe was great...the scene...well that was a little weak IMHO. Since I've been going to shows (87) MSG had a sick scene outside...maybe it is bc I am coming close to the age of 40...but the pre-game was quite a bit of work for us. Regardless...still had a good time.

Finally...I thought the sound inside was great as always...the lighting was very hot (love the Stealie above the stage!)and I felt they played excellent. Definitely got my $99.50 worth. I think Warren does an excellent job and it was really cool to hear him on Gimme Shelter.

NJ is next for me and then to see them at the Spectrum for the last time EVER...

GarchiaPet
NJ


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Reviewer: Diamond-eye Jack - - April 29, 2009
Subject: Didn't think they'd outdo themselves
I was fortunate enough to attend the April 12 show in Greensboro, and left with cold chills. I sincerely believed that the Greensboro show would be the best of the tour...but, just looking at these setlists gave me cold chills. Once I heard it (awesome recording by the way, thanks a TON and keep 'em coming!)...I realized that I'd been proven wrong. What I would've given to be at MSG and hear Cosmic to China Cat to Shakedown...and that's just the first 3 tunes! Second set rocked face as well, these guys are doing their thing for sure. As a deadhead both old and even more new (I'm only 21), I think April 25, 2009 at MSG will be a night to be remembered for the Dead.
Reviewer: morningdew1992 - - April 29, 2009
Subject: who burns cd's anyway?
i'd rather dub a cassette tape than burn a cd...THANK YOU MR. TAPERMAN!! FAST TURNAROUND, GREAT SOUND, SWEET SHOW!!!
--- miss you jerry g. *every day* ---
Reviewer: charlotte240 - - April 29, 2009
Subject: Don't blame the taper folks...
This show was frickin' AWESOME ! We had a great time, and it was better hearing the setlists live than it was looking at it on paper. But both of those things made it a great show.

Everyone on here needs to get "Nero Burning Rom" software and then go to "FILE" --> "OPTIONS" Then click on the "EXPERT FEATURES" tab of the dialog box. Select "Enbable overburning". Then, you can adjust the maximum overburn time you can put on a disc up to 84 minutes maximum, and VOILA. You can use a regular 80 minute CD for this.

Don't come on here and berate the show with 2 stars, when you did not even attend.
Don't scorn the taper because of your own technical incompetence, either.

Taper man, don't be so hard on yourself, you have done a great job, and a great service to all of the heads!

If you need more assistance, e-mail me and i'll help you get this show onto disc, no problem.

charlotte240@yahoo.com

peace, and enjoy the Dead while you can
Reviewer: Dead To The Core - - April 29, 2009
Subject: just incredible...
wow i just had a magic moment...first set is astounding...cant even speak about it...but the real magic is in the second set!!! HOLY HEADS!!! unbelievable....amazing....absolute....

so this is what the message in 97% of our non-code making DNA is saying...."LISTEN TO THE DEAD"

truly flabbergasting

I still call a Shakedown opener in Denver...
Reviewer: shamsway - - April 28, 2009
Subject: yes
This was only my second show, and luckily I got to go to Hartford as well (I would have been really disappointed if that was the only show I got to go to though). This show was bordering on religious. It was incredible. spectacular. words don't describe it. i've read the gripes from other shows.. i don't know what to say to those people. I've listened to all those shows as well, and this band just keeps getting better and better. No it's not the same band that started way back when, but what the hell. these guys have put their whole lives into this music and they are still rocking out.
St. Stephen was the high point for me. Sugaree was incredible. Gimmie shelter was a great surprise.
I'll listen to this one over and over.. i'll probably buy the soundboard.
BWAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH.
Reviewer: roo_nyc - - April 28, 2009
Subject: Plus ca change
Now, I've listened to and seen my fair share of shows, and I'm definitely no bubble-head ["they don't sound like here, man, so I will just stay in my bubble and listen to tapes and bitch"]. This incarnation is structured differently, and takes the music to different places, places Jerry simply would not go. It's different, but it always was, baby.

However, having been @MSG and listened to the tapes, I have to say that the first set until Sugaree is kinda rudderless. China Cat and Cassidy are both missing that point where the hyperdrive button is hit, the band shifts gears, and the whole place takes off for the stars and you know you're in the cosmos the rest of the night. Cassidy, in particular, drifts along and Warren never really takes off. Compare the previous night, where the Jack Straw opener just soars, and we all soared with it.

The original boys are four wild horseman of a rhythm section, and sometimes you need someone to take the reins. Warren is not positioned to play that role, for whatever reason. As someone noted, he and Bobby are interlocking more as twin guitars.

Now, a friend and I compared notes, and he thought the first 3 songs was the best opener ever - done! - and he could die happy. So, that magic of wide open interpretation, one man gathering etc, is still there.

Regardless, we all agreed that Sugaree - right in Warren's bluesy wheelhouse - was rockin'. And then, the second set was simply fuckin' nuts and just took off into the weird. Cryptical was spooky, UJB/ Unbroken sweet as a summer wine, and then Gimme Shelter just exploded, and MSG was bouncing as hard as i've ever seen it.

Must have been the water backstage. And then walking outside in that gentle, warm NYC night, with the crowd aglow with not-so-secret smiles - oh, it was all there, people, just like we left it. Just a little different, and I miss Jerry, but it's there if you want it.

btw: great sounding mix, too!
Reviewer: theish - - April 28, 2009
Subject: I'm digg'n it...
These guys are sounding better and better for sure - dude this tape sounds sweet!!
Reviewer: mordaskyt - - April 28, 2009
Subject: Awesome!
I must say I did not have high expectations for the Dead reunion this year but when a buddy had a ticket for MSG he could not use I decided to give it a shot. I downloaded the Wed. night Wilkes-Barre PA show and was quite impressed by the quality of the performance and my interest grew. I must say the show at MSG totally blew me away. This was hands down one of the best live concerts I have ever seen anywhere period. It was my 28th show, my first post Jerry. The first set was like a freight train, I keep listening to Warren's Shakedown St over and over. Give this show a try you will not be dissapointed.
Reviewer: dscott - - April 28, 2009
Subject: Top notch recording!
This is an excellent recording, a rarity in my experience for The Dead / Other Ones audience captures. As others have noted, it's a mighty fine performance - not the good ol' GD, but solid takes on on nuggets mixed with some new adventures.

To solve the disc length problem, just end disc 2 with Born Cross-Eyed and start disc 3 with St.Stephen.
Reviewer: dead4head - - April 28, 2009
Subject: just an echo
other then this show kickin ass, the sound is excellent. phil is all over the place and everyone is dialed in just right.
the enegery levle does not always cross over on tape, but on this recording it does in spades.
outstanding recording, top shelf show...thankyou to all involved
Reviewer: adeadhead6695 - - April 28, 2009
Subject: attendee of 83 st stephen show
i would consider myself an old school head as seeing my 1st show in 1982 and 200 more till 1990
lost a lil bit of interest after brent died, i was mad at the band for letting that happen, not understanding fully what i now know about addiction and pressures of touring, life etc, anyways thought this was a solid show, gimme shelter being the most rocking the other old songs, most of which from 1970 or earlier we would have killed for in the 80's, that said other hilights i would say was the china cat shakedown which i must say i called as well as the obvious st stephen i 1st saw and last saw in 1983 the 3rd to last time the dead EVER played it, couple nights later in hartford and last time halloween later that month (which by the way is an UNBELIVABLE show if any of u have not heard, estimated has to be 1 of best ever, as well as the tripy space w/airto i belive and/or hamza el din) anyways , the pre 70's songs were strong as most of them r on this tour ie till the morning comes as well, i beleieve these songs r a lil more involved and jerry (and maybe the rest of the band even) might have stayed away for this reason, but phil and bob AND the drummers r reallly playing superb, warren is not jerry nor is he tring to be which is cool and jeff is very cool, all in all fine time!
Reviewer: Here & Now - - April 28, 2009
Subject: Crazy Fantastic Tour !
Burning still?
Why waste all that plastic.
I suggest to - "Go green" and get an mp3 or wav player. Some can hold over 100+ 3 disc shows.

This show rocks!
Either way, Thanks to The Dead for giving us some much needed fresh live tunes and to the tapers and archive for getting it to us all so fast.
Crazy Fantastic Tour !
Reviewer: rastamon - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Hey Tony
I'd give it a solid 4 stars except for disc 2. It's a 81:41 with no way to edit it down, except to lose actual music. A Grate job of taping, but...
Reviewer: cbchess - - April 27, 2009
Subject: trouble burning?
What a great looking show
thanks for the downloads! when I tried to burn disc two it told me I was 1 minute 42 seconds too long?
I had to cut drums and space and I couldn't part with any of the other tunes.

thanks for the shows, tapers!
Reviewer: G. Ganter - - April 27, 2009
Subject: I'll meet you at the MSG
I went to this show with about 20 old Deadhead friends from the Vershire, VT high school and we danced behind stage just like the old days. One of my friends came out of this show saying it may have been one one of the best shows he had ever seen, Jerry or no. Regardless of whether it compares with pre-1995, it was a great concert. It's hard to please Deadheads who have seen a lot of old shows, but everyone I saw had a huge smile on their faces at the end of the night. It was a very moving experience for me to be with so many good friends, and be so blown away by the energy and focus at MSG. My first show was Cape Cod 79, and I've seen a lot of Phil, and Ratdog, and the 2003 Dead tour but was unprepared for how much they put out at this show.

Despite the nay-saying that Warren's-no-Jerry, I luckily caught a few shows on this tour and they seem to be self-consciously working on a group sound that doesn't rely on Warren's leads to carry every song. Sure, he shreds when he wants to (like the end of Sugaree) but he generally works on guitar support to let the rest of the band do cool stuff (check out that Mr. Charley, for ex., at Wilkes Barre--still gives me chills). It's not the guitar virtuouso approach like Jerry-era Dead, but wow, what color and enthusiasm and creativity. I love this stuff and they seem to be getting better every night.

And thanks Mr. Suraci--great recording, as usual.
Reviewer: mountaingypsy - - April 27, 2009
Subject: MY FIRST SHOW!!! AND WOW!!!
I have been a GD fan forever, never saw a show till now..and boy did they spoil me!! There wasn't one song that wasn't fueled with passion..and Sugaree? well didn't want to stop dancin'!!! The energy level at this show was palpable and I think Jerry had a large part in that. Heaven was missin' an angel Saturday night cus he was with us at The Garden show!

Peace Love and Light to all!
MG
Reviewer: TheDeadAreAlive - - April 27, 2009
Subject: can't stop smiling!
As another reviewer said below, the boys made NYC smile ear to ear all night long! I had my worries based on hearsay from earlier shows in the tour, but those worries evaporated as soon I heard the first notes of Shakedown Street following China Cat -- What A Treat! At that point everyone in the Garden knew we were going to get 110% of whatever energy and soul the band had to give.

IMHO, Bill and Mickey would get joint MVP if one were pressed to make such a call. They were inspired all night. They seemed to provide the band with the sure-footing it needed to jam and explore. And there was some exploring going on -- i.e. 10+ minutes for almost every 1st set song -- but it felt purposeful, like the band was committed to developing THESE songs with THESE members.

And holy sh*t can Warren sing! Whatever melody may have been lacking from his guitar at points was compensated for by his gospel-like singing, especially on Sugaree and He's Gone. I teared up for the whole 2nd half of He's Gone... MSG was filled with sad sweetness.

Being too young to have seen the Grateful Dead, I feel like tonight I got the genuine experience that history and circumstance otherwise would have robbed me of. Hope it's the first of many.

Oh, and keep singin' Phil!
Reviewer: M*rsh - - April 27, 2009
Subject: IN & OUT OF THE GARDEN
As always, there was alotta speculation and wishing in regards to what tonight's opener would be. In my wildest imagination, I never expected COSMIC CHARLIE! Then the Jerry tunes kept rolling: CHINACAT > SHAKEDOWN (again, who'd of thunk?) SHIP OF FOOLS. HE'S GONE. I know full well that HE'S GONE was written with Mickey's father in mind, but in this mix, it was evident that everyone was thinking JERRY. I for one, got choked up & teary-eyed. Relief came from Bobby's old familiar opening note to CASSIDY. It was very well-played tonight. SUGAREE closed the set with Warren ad-libbing "Shake it Sugaree, I'll meet you at the MSG." KUDOS!
Anyone that visited the restrooms during the show can tell ya; the place was rockin' (literally! One could feel the floor swaying under thousands of dancing feet. Even Phil commented on it and was inspired by it for the choice of encore.)
If COSMIC CHARLIE wasn't enough of a portender for the night, opening the 2nd set with DRUMS should have made it obvious that we were in for quite a ride.
When Jerry was alive in this plane, there were alotta nay-sayers always complaining that "The Dead were better in the 60's." Now, we hear "It's not the same w/o Jerry." I agree, we collectively lost someone very important and no one could ever fill that void.
Tonight's 2nd set should have pleased the former nay-sayers. It was straight out of the early Grateful Dead setlists. Out of an all too-short DRUMS, we were treated to CRYPTICAL ENVELOPMENT > THE OTHER ONE > BORN CROSS-EYED >ST. STEPHEN > THE ELEVEN > UNCLE JOHN'S BAND > UNBROKEN CHAIN >GIMME SHELTER. ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT. I'm sure many Heads, like myself, were hoping for that St Stephen, as soon as Garden tickets landed in my hands. But who expected it to be gift-wrapped in such a retro-set. Repeats from Albany, last week: The Other One and Unbroken chain were played better tonight, as was Sugaree. I've never heard an UJB I didn't like (even Jimmy Buffett & Indigo Girls' covers). It's our anthem and my heartbeat. Tonight's version was no disappointment, with the fellas giving it back that old 70's flavor. And to hear Warren rip out my favorite Stones' tune was reminiscent of the first time I saw Bobby play Satisfaction in Hampton. Is there nothing these guys can't pull off?
Phil added some comments to his his DONOR RAP regarding the magyck of Madison Square Garden and NYC before we were serenaded with a BROKEDOWN PALACE encore. I thought they'd save that tune for The soon-to-be-demolished Spectrum next week, maybe we'll here it again.
I walked out of The Garden & into the city streets with a thought that is gonna bring me alotta criticism and probably cost me some friends: Tonight's show was better than SOME of the early 90's shows I went to. Let's be honest, kids... Those last few years were not good ones for Jerry. Even with the tele-prompters, he still got lost, forgot lyrics. The last time I saw him alive (The Knick '95), he did not look well. I love Jerry as much as the next Head (probably more). Even I can admit, his addictions got the better of him. Like so many other music icons, we lost our dear leader to the evils of society. Jerry just fought back harder & longer than the others were able to. "The trouble with you is the trouble with me, ya got 2 good eyes, but ya still don't see." (*sob*)
Reviewer: pyite74 - - April 27, 2009
Subject: kudos to Tony Suraci
Thanks for your efforts! Nice sounding rig to boot!
Reviewer: keneebeck court - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Yippeee Doooo Daaa Day
You never realize how much you miss something until they come back. WOW!!!!!!! I closed my eyes and it brought me back to the 80's when they used to to 3 or more at MSG in a row. Each show vastly different. The boys are sounding good and tight. Hopefully this will lead to a Summer tour of stadiums. Would love to see them at Gillette and the new Meadowlands. Thanks tapers and thankyou Phil and Bobby for mending your ways.
Reviewer: revjustin - - April 27, 2009
Subject: This show owns it!
The boys are ON FIRE! Love it. Second set opener of Rhythm Devils > Cryptical > Other One must be heard to be believed. That was a good choice.

Rob is more prominent in the mix here, as well, which is nice, since he brings lot to the table. His solo in Sugaree is nice.
Reviewer: darazn1 - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Getting better every day!
The band is getting tighter and tighter with every show.

Beginning to sound like a band capable of going out and doing some consistent touring. They are playing with originality, good ears, and lots of soul. Recreating the songs for the new band format is likewise a great move. Good music as far as I can tell.
Reviewer: OldSchoolJersey - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Off...The...Hook
Firstly - thank you tapers.

Secondly -- IMHO this was one of the best Dead shows I have ever seen, with or without Jerry, since 1990. Certainly the best show at the Garden since '91.

Thirdly -- it's a shame I can't do the whole tour!
Reviewer: Harmony Koruption - - April 27, 2009
Subject: oh wow!!! this MSG show was GREAT!
all i've heard this tour is a mass of bellyaching negatives about the band,the ticket prices,the lot scene...ect. this has never swayed my decision to attend. im there for the music. man,this show is just intense...you can hear more confidence in them here! more soul more heart...its like its all comming together and they are on fire! yeah man,bob is sounding way better then the start of the tour...but im thinking they are just workin' out the kinks...just playin and playin'and as always just getting better and better...all tour there has been great sets...i've heard some tunes i thought didnt have the energy it should but at this one...nothins' lacking...SEE YOU IN CHICAGO!
Reviewer: SobeHead - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Happy to be @ MSG
WOW! What an amazing show! It was my first time seeing the Dead at MSG and i was totally blown away! The vibe was really great, lots of true heads at the show, every song was a singalong and i really felt at home among the family of fans. Every person i met at the show was special and it really made me want to stay on the bus and keep trucking through the rest of the dates. I think this show was definitely a highlight of the tour so far and in the end may prove to be one of the best if not the best show of the tour. He's Gone was happy and sad at the same time, the drums/space track was really great it reminded me of the good old days my only complaint is that it wasn't longer, St. Stephen was dead on, and they really rocked the joint with One More Saturday Night. This recording is top quality, it really captures the energy of the show. Thanks to those who made it possible and I'll see you at ROTHBURY!!!
Reviewer: Here & Now - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Best show of the tour so far!
Im my opinion, This is the best show of the tour so far. Greensboro was close. With a great setlist and excited energy inside and out but I have to say MSG F---ing rocks! A triple threat!
Venue/Show Energy, Setlist, & Sound. A+.
Thanks again to the tapers. You all are deadicated and awesome!
Please guys keep on truckin and do a fall tour.

Happy Head!!!
Reviewer: guy in fiji - - April 27, 2009
Subject: The greatest so far...
It's been an emotional few weeks for me being so far from my favorite band's resurgence. On paper, these sets are so beautiful and the kind of stuff which would get any head excited.

This MSG show was bleeding energy even before I heard these tapes...following along with the various twitter feeds from that evening, I could tell something special was going on.

The tapes from this show are just so sweet and big respects to all the tapers providing this service. This Sugaree was one of the finest I've ever heard. What an energy this band is showing right now. The entire show rocked and I'm just so thankful to be able to listen.

To all attending these shows, you'll never have any idea how envious I am. Enjoy your rides...
Reviewer: Skippy61 - - April 27, 2009
Subject: WOW tapers you ssooooo ROCK
Once again my review is split on the wonder that this Band is capable of it's making me smile a ton at each show...MAN. Was it like this back in the DAY?? I was already on the bus but this shit makes me rear back and howl!! If a person had never heard a Dead show this would be a grate first one i think.
I can hardly keep the smile off my face as I am listening to He's Gone and the crowd singing along making the magic as Phil is wont to say... ok yes I am singing too :)

Thank you tapers you are doing a great thing that maybe society at large doesn't respect but to us DeadHeads you people are HEROS, keepers of the sacred fires, watchmen on the Wall. Epic acts
of courage,getting the equipent ,huge expense, I would think,going early to set up, getting it all together and uploaded in DAYS maybe even from the ROAD!!! THANK YOU from my DeadHead heart

PEACE:SKippy
Reviewer: BataviaSparky - - April 27, 2009
Subject: I am a changed man.
Goodness gracious. I was NOT there but I just finished listening through headphones to the entire show front to back. That should tell you something right there. The energy compares to the Chicago Bulls' team energy in today's huge win over the Celtics in 2OT (I WAS at that show and I'm still pumped 6 hours later!) Back to the show- Sugaree rocks OUT! Superb Jeff lead! He reminds me of Brent- I am really digging his playing! The drums to open Set2 is unique as hell- sounds like f'ing Shpongle! Seriously! The Cryptical is deliciously weird- damn good! Look at all the exclamation marks! I JUST CAN'T GET OVER WHAT I HAVE JUST WITNESSED WITH MY EARS. The two Chicago shows just became can't-miss for me. St Stephen sounds jazzy like 6/9/76 so,so, hot! Gimme Shelter rocks. Did I mention Sugaree? Wow. Man. I'm blown away. BTW- I TORE UP the 3-30 show in my review- justified IMO- this just is not the same band.
Reviewer: Loser_Boy - - April 27, 2009
Subject: thanks for the magic
probably like looking through the hubble telescope eh taper? awesome
Reviewer: SJD_Debo - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Thanks!!!
Thanks Tony for your effort and adding yet another fine recording to the archive.
Reviewer: Gr8tefloyd - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Jerry would be proud...
Let's face it folks, The Dead are not the Grateful Dead...but a 3 hour and 45 minute show of amazing Dead tunes cannot be beat at the Garden.

In all my years at MSG as a concert goer, I have never experienced such a packed house. The aisles turned to standing room. The crowd gets first thumbs up, energetic and involved, I even saw a security guard smile as he hit a giant floating balloon.

As for the music, set 1 was outstanding, China Cat, play me one note and I am happy, play for over 11 minutes I am happier.
Shakedown-Ship of Fools-He's Gone...like Ewing having a triple double in the playoffs, the crowd responded accordingly. Imagine 20,000 deadheads singing "oooooo...nothing's gonna bring him back...." If I were the Academy, He's Gone would get the Oscar for "Best Song of the Night"
Jerry would be proud.

Even the drums, which we sat roughgly 20 feet from Mickey, was a different experience. Sounds like a Floyd show at first, built into a percussion parade. My right ear is still recovering.

Rather than rave about every song for Set 2 (minus Phil's voice) Set 2 was solid.

I think the overall highlight was St. Stephen. With a 20 minute lull, hearing the opening riff was a much needed burst of energy. Once the band joined....well...Jerry would be proud.

Gimme Shelter, gimme 8 minutes of a great cover.

Ending on a sad note, the final bow was truly a pinnacle moment for the remaining members of the Grateful Dead. Even with a slight sweat, I had chills, as did most people who might never see these guys again.
They came to rock MSG, they came to give us a taste of the music we all love, they came to honor Jerry, they came to prove that the music has and will never stop...
Reviewer: ronmarley1 - - April 27, 2009
Subject: Gracias
Thanks for the great show! Wish I was there.
Reviewer: DeadHeadDave90 - - April 27, 2009
Subject: China into Shake'
daaamn! ROTHBURY is gettin closer!
Reviewer: Peacefuljon - - April 26, 2009
Subject: MSG The Dead Are Never Dead.
MSG is great, one of the most fun shows I've seen in a long time...
Warren was hidden, and popped in and out, shining moments of greatness. He did not over play, or sound like the Allman's. The four Back line was a Machine. PHil , Bobby, Mickey, and Billy were the tree, warren was the lights. The crowd was awesome, Mcsorleys before the show was also great.... NYC and MSG is a great place to see a show. PEACE Great seeing another show with you all.
Reviewer: Termite74 - - April 26, 2009
Subject: Thanks
What a great tour it's been so far. Thanks to all the tapers for making the music available.
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